Erzgebirge Aue

GDR Champion 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959

This club, founded in 1946 as BSG Pneumatik, has about 1,100 members. Under the name of Wismut Aue or Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt, it had it's greatest success in the late 50's, winning 3 GDR titles. This was an unusual arrangement. The team always played in Aue, but when the larger nearby city of Chemnitz was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt, the Communists decided that it needed a prestigious team. I guess the hope was everybody would identify the strong Aue team with Karl-Marx. In any case, the Aue fans continued to support their team locally, and in fact a lot of Chemnitz residents continued to make the journey to Aue. In the early 60's Karl-Marx-Stadt got it's own commie sponsored team, and Wismut reverted back to Aue.

From then on, Aue had modest success in the GDR's top division. In the mid 1980s, they also participated in the UEFA Cup, and with over 1000 games in the DDR-Oberliga, they hold the record for most games played. During this successful period for the club, they also had their best player, Jörg Weißflog, who was capped 15 times for the GDR.

In 1992, they renamed to Erzgebirge, to reflect the local region.

The 1998-99 season was fairly decent. Although Aue never really threatened at the top, they remained a solid mid-level throughout the season. The next year they again played strong, and with a good 2nd half run easily qualified for the new combined Regionalliga. The initial season in the new league started off nicely, with Aue among the early leaders. However, then things began to fall apart. Nevertheless, Aue made the cut and maintained a midtable finish. Aue was a suprise winner of the Regionalliga in 2003, which meant promotion to the 2.Division. Despite the pundits predicting a swift return to the Regionalliga, the Violets surprised everyone with a decent campaign, establishing themselves as a mid-table 2.Liga side. However, they didn't have the resources to compete in the long run, and after 5 seasons, the jig was up.

Fullname FC Erzgebirge Aue
City Aue (Sachsen). Pop: 19,000 (2002). S of Zwickau and Chemnitz, near the Czech border.
Address Lößnitzer Straße 95, 08280 Aue
Phone: (03771) 52425 e-mail:
Colors Purple and white
Nickname Die Veilchen (The violets)
Stadium Erzgebirgestadion. Capacity: 16,500 (10,000 seats)
It was known as the Otto-Grotewohl-Stadion after some GDR Commie minister until 1991. Originally it was built in 1950, in only 4 months by the Red Army and some "volunteers". In the Summer of 2000, capacity was reduced from the original 25,000 due to new "security" requirements.
Tickets Getting tickets is not a problem.
Supporters Fairly decent for a small town. A significant portion of fans still makes the trip from Chemnitz. Averaged about 11,000 in 2004 (2.Liga).
Friends More or less official relatons with Carl Zeiss Jena and Sachsen Leipzig. Individual fan clubs also have arrangements with 1.FC Kaiserslautern, VfB Stuttgart and Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Foes FSV Zwickau and Chemnitzer FC.
Beer Freiberger, which is also a sponsor.
Pub Grub
The Net The official site is

1951-54	(*)	DDR Oberliga	(as BSG Wismut Aue)
1954-63	(*)	DDR Oberliga	(as SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt)

		BSG Wismut Aue

1963-64	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1964-65	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1965-66	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1966-67	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1967-68	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1968-69	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1969-70	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th
1970-71	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1971-72	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1972-73	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1973-74	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1974-75	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1975-76	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		6th
1976-77	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1977-78	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1978-79	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1979-80	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		9th
1980-81	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		12th
1981-82	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1982-83	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1983-84	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		8th
1984-85	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		4th
1985-86	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		11th
1986-87	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		4th
1987-88	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		10th
1988-89	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		7th

		FC Wismut Aue

1989-90	(*)	DDR-Oberliga		13th
1990-91	(**)	DDR Liga, St. B		2nd
1991-92	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost/Sud 2nd

		FC Erzgebirge Aue

1992-93	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost/Sud	7th
1993-94	(III)	Am.Oberliga Nordost/Sud 7th	
1994-95	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	9th
1995-96	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	5th
1996-97	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	2nd
1997-98	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	7th
1998-99	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	7th
1999-00	(III)	Regionalliga Nordost	3rd

2000-01	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	10th
2001-02	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	9th
2002-03	(III)	Regionalliga Nord	1st
2003-04	(II)	2.Bundesliga		8th
2004-05	(II)	2.Bundesliga		7th
2005-06	(II)	2.Bundesliga		7th
2006-07	(II)	2.Bundesliga		10th
2007-08	(II)	2.Bundesliga		16th
2008-09	(III)	3.Liga			12th
2009-10	(III)	3.Liga			2nd
2010-11 (II)    2.Liga			5th
2011-12 (II)    2.Liga

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